Westerville resident Jordan Morlan has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest available to Girl Scouts.

Westerville resident Jordan Morlan has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest available to Girl Scouts.

Morlan, 17, is a senior at Westerville South High School. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1770. Her project for the award, which took more than 70 hours to finish, was to repaint the playground at Pointview Elementary School, brightening a large map of the United States and repainting hopscotch and four-squares games and other games on the playground surface.

She also repainted the backboards on the playground's basketball hoops and restrung the nets.

"We had worked on a similar project when Jordan was in second grade, and we went back to the school a couple months ago for a teacher's retirement and saw that the whole playground needed repainting," said Pam Morlan, Jordan's mother.

To finish the project, Jordan Morlan worked with student advisers at Pointview, and organized a group of fourth- and fifth-grade students to help. She also purchased paint for the project and secured donations from Sherwin Williams and Home Depot to finish the painting.

To earn a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must devote at least 65 hours of time creating and carrying out a service project. The project must fulfill a need within the community, create change with long-term possibilities, and must include a plan for use and maintenance by other members of the community, according to the Seal of Ohio Girl Scout Council.

-- Lin Rice